Sekoke forest excursion

Duration: 1 Day / From $ 600

Drive north past Kilifi onto the ancient city of Gedi – a 13th Century ruin in the heart of the dense Arabuko Sekoke forest.

This is one of the most celebrated earliest urban sites on the East Coast of Africa. It is reputed to be older than Sofala (Mozambique) Kilwa Lamu and even Mombasa. Found before Malindi after crossing Kilifi Bridge, Gedi was an ancient city state. Some of its infrastructures include mosques, a palace and homes. Most of these, except for the mosque, have been reduced to their foundation. Once upon a time this rich forest hid another secret. In the 13th Century Swahili town of Gedi thrived here for hundreds of years, hidden away from Portuguese invaders and the influence of the outside world. Eventually the town was deserted, and today the ruins of Gedi, lying among the trees and twisting vines of the forest are a monumental reminder of the past civilization.

Arabuko Sekoke is a fascinating forest wilderness is nestled beside the Watamu beach, just minutes from the warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Explore the forest and discover a world apart from the beaches and reefs. The forest floor is home to many smaller mammals. The forest stretches to the source of the mighty Sabaki River, and occasionally herds of elephant pass through the forest en route to the river. This 400 sq km reserve is full of an untold wealth of natural beauty. The air is filled with butterflies and birds, the trees alive with monkeys.

Arabuko Sekoke is considered a most important Africa for its bird conservation value, it is the global stronghold for one globally Endangered –spotted ground Thrush-five Globally Threatened birds-Sokoke Scops Owl, Sekoke Pitpit, East Coast Akalat, Amani sunbird, and Clarke’s Weaver.

Thereafter proceed to Malindi for lunch and an exploration of the Marine National Park in glass bottomed boat where you are taken goggling by an experienced guide. Later visit a nearby village and watch the Giriama tribe perform exciting tribal dances before driving back to Mombasa by sun down.

This day trip may be  combined with holidays at around Mombasa. This activitiy should be requested at the time of reservation at an additional cost

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